The Original Municipal Center

The Original Municipal Center (HM2N8V)

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N 38° 53.943', W 76° 54.798'

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Historic Resource Built Circa 1942

— The Fairmount Heights African American Historic Trail —

The Fairmount Heights Municipal Center was constructed originally as a fire hall; it later was used as a health clinic, a library, a general meeting space and more importantly as the town hall. the lots on which it stood were purchased by the Town between 1939 and 1941. Two citizens undertook to erect a building to serve both as a fire house and a meeting place.

The Municipal Building Center was a two-part building, constructed of brick and concrete block. The main block was two-and-one-half stories and front gabled, fronting west on 60th Place. The gable front originally had a wide garage door in the first bay; it was partially filled in, and the closed inset space was lighted by a window. At the west end of the roof ridge stood a small gabled belfry which housed the original fire bell. Form stone veneer was applied to the first story of the west front, and form stone trim was applied around the window.

The main block was completed and in use by 1942; a fire engine was purchased and stored in the garage space on the first story. The second story was used as the town's principal meeting space. The south wing was built in 1946. Within a few years, the Fire Department had moved out of the building, and offices were created for the mayor and council., the town clerk, and health and police departments. In 1948, a library

was established in the wing and maintained at the municipal center for more than a decade.

In the 1990s, the town offices and meeting space were reestablished in the community building in Sylvan Vista and the Town of Fairmount Heights demolished the building.
HM NumberHM2N8V
Placed ByThe Town of Fairmount Heights, Maryland
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, November 29th, 2019 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 334082 N 4307314
Decimal Degrees38.89905000, -76.91330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.943', W 76° 54.798'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 56.58" N, 76° 54' 47.88" W
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